I enjoy coffee. Understatement of the year, ladies and gents. Coffee is the reason I get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes at night when the anxiety trolls are running rampant in my brain and I can’t fall asleep, I soothe myself by thinking about the coffee I’m going to enjoy the next morning. I walk myself through the ritual of measuring the grounds, prepping the pot, frothing the milk, and it calms me down enough to drift off into dreamland. Coffee is my bff.
Being a bit of a coffee connoisseur, of course I had heard about Bulletproof Coffee, but I thought it was just coffee with butter in it for gym rats and people who earnestly refer to their diet as being “caveman.” Why mess with a good thing? My coffee was not broken so why should I fix it?
Not only was I borderline snarky, I was completely wrong. Bulletproof Coffee is not some weird nutritional fad. It’s a healthy lifestyle choice that’s backed by science. Coffee science (the best kind).
Bulletproof Coffee is so much more than just coffee with butter in it. Bulletproof Coffee is:
Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee Beans are meticulously grown at high altitude on single estates in Guatemala, hand-harvested, carefully processed, handled and roasted to maintain maximum integrity and flavour. The final roast must meet stringent quality and purity standards. Cheaper coffee varieties use poorer quality beans which often have a higher percentage of damaged (as in moldy) beans.
Grass-fed, Unsalted Butter or Ghee
Here’s where your coffee gets that creamy quality that keeps you full and satisfied. Butter has the benefits of healthy milk fat without the denatured casein proteins found in cream. It’s a healthy fat that provides sustained energy levels instead of peaks and valleys.
Grass-fed butter is higher than grain-fed butter in omega-3 fatty acids, CLA, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin D, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
If you can’t find grass-fed butter, grass-fed ghee is a great substitute (and it’s shelf stable).
Brain Octane Oil
Buckle up, kids, we’re about to get science-y. Brain Octane Oil provides a rapid energy boost with no crash. It’s a purified form of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil distilled from 100% pure coconut oil. As soon as it’s consumed, it’s rapidly absorbed and provides instant energy to the brain without breaking down glucose from sugars or carbohydrates. It takes just three steps to convert Brain Octane to cellular fuel for your body and brain whereas it takes sugar 25 steps.
Which is all very interesting but what I wanted to know was does it taste good?
Yes, Bulletproof Coffee tastes good. Does it taste like a double mocha extra whip choco-extravaganza? No. But that’s not a bad thing. The butter gives the coffee a lovely, creamy quality and after using my immersion blender for maximum mixing power, I ended up with a cup of coffee that was nice and frothy and almost latte-like. The Brain Octane is completely taste-free. And the Upgraded Coffee tastes like coffee. Delicious, life-affirming coffee. Pro tip: add a sprinkle of cinnamon to your grounds before brewing for a hint of flavour (no need for flavoured creamers that are full of sugar and regret).
More important than the taste is how Bulletproof Coffee makes me feel. Mornings are a bit of a struggle in our house. Juggling Grady’s new school routine and an infant is not very much fun. I spend my mornings trying to get a good breakfast into Grady, finding lost library books, changing diapers, and sprinting up the street to kindergarten drop-off with an angry baby strapped to my chest. By the time I make it home, I’ve been awake for roughly three hours and I’m surviving on caffeine and whatever scraps I’ve managed to scavenge from Grady’s plate. It’s a caffeine high followed by the lowest low and it’s exhausting. I’ve noticed that my caffeine buzz is less of a rollercoaster after drinking Bulletproof Coffee instead of my usual hazelnut latte(s). I still feel energized and more awake; I just don’t have the soul-crushing caffeine crash. It’s more of a steady burn that carries me through my hectic morning and into the afternoon. The healthy fats fill me up and I’m not tempted to inhale the discarded crust from Grady’s toast or a sneaky granola bar when I’m packing his lunch.
Drinking Bulletproof Coffee feels like a choice I’m making to support a healthier lifestyle, like taking a multivitamin or exercising. It’s not a quick fix or an empty promise; it’s something that I’m doing for me because it makes me feel better. And because, you know, coffee.
This post is sponsored by 3 Chicken Consulting on behalf of Bulletproof Coffee. The opinions are my own. My opinions are not expert opinions. I don’t have a secret medical degree I’ve never mentioned. Before you undertake any dietary change, you should consult your doctor and make a plan that works for your body.